Astoria Park Leaf Fest 2010
Continued / December 3, 2010 / Astoria / Queens Buzz. This past Saturday, December 4th, about 30 volunteers bundled up against the cold in Astoria Park and collected an estimated three tons of tree leaves. Collecting leaves in the fall is important to NYC Parks and Public Works department because leaves can clog street drains and / or cause hazardous conditions on walk ways. Even though leaves are a valuable source of nutrition for the soil, in abundance, they can also prevent rainwater from gravitating to the roots of the trees and plants.
Through the Western Queens Compost Initiative, many of these leaves will be composted locally via use in community gardens and participating parks along the East River. Composted leaves are used as mulch and natural fertilizer for city's trees, flowerbeds, lawns, and gardens. The NYC Parks Department will transfer the rest of the leaves to the compost project at Starrett City in Brooklyn by compactor trucks [see Jules Corkery photo above].
Leaf Fest 2010 was a collaboration by the Astoria Park Alliance with Green Shores NYC, Friends of Rainey Park, Friends of Queensbridge Park, NYC Community Clean Up, Western Queens Compost Initiative, and NYC Parks and Recreation.
MulchFest 2011 – Coming This January
In January 2011, please join NYC Parks and Recreation for Mulch Fest. New Yorkers are invited to bring their holiday trees to designated chipping and/or collection sites for mulching. It’s not only an environmentally fun experience for the kids and but mulchers can also obtain free wood chips for their gardens. Click this link to view the Queens Buzz report on Mulchfest 2010 in Jackson Heights.
For more information about Mulchfest 2011 check visit www.parternshipsforparks.org or check the January Queens Buzz Events calendar. You can also visit www.greenshoresnyc.org or the website address above to learn more about how to participate in western Queens parks and environmental projects.
Many thanks to Jules Corkery of the Astoria Park Alliance who provided the information and the photos included in this report.
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